More Earth Art?
Is this what Michal Heizer’s been planning for all this time?
How can I digress before I even start?
As I surfed the internet this morning, it seemed that everywhere I turned I was confronted with deep uncertainties about how the arts will fare when: 1. they are crushed under a falling sky; or, 2. governments, corporations, and individuals eliminate non-essential spending.
Well, any of you who have read more than a handful of posts on this blog already know what happened to my art faculty job. This morning, Confessions of a Community College Dean has a post related to the portents of economic retraction for academia.
We all know that art programs have a tough time competing when administrations are forced to bring the bottom line to the forefront. There is some research and data that supports the importance of arts & humanities within an overall curriculum. But, while that info features within the very limited arsenal of arts non-profit fundraisers, I haven’t met very many faculty who have taken the time to become aware of it. For myself, in the one instance I’ve had that I might have been able to bring some of those non-profit arguments to support a higher ed art department, by the time I could have done so my position had already been eliminated and searching for a new job took precedent over my discretionary time.
Then, today, Arts Journal brought links to these:
Theaters Monitoring Wall Street Drama – about declining philanthropy and corporate investment in Theatre.
Gas Prices, Economy Test Artists Traveling Crafts Circuit – interesting bit from that, in the context of trickle vs. non-trickle economics, is this: “The market has changed,” she said. “Probably the middle end is not doing as well, but the upper end is still selling.”
So, what will we all do?
Modern Art Notes raises a matter of concern for those of us who cherish the neutrality of arts institutions who maintain distinction from profit-driven incentives in the first point of Five Things I Think.